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Brandon Turner (guitar) / Press

"Brandon Turner has developed a reputation for being what one Nashville musician called a “badass” guitar player. His execution is incredible and, being intuitive, he knows what notes to play to move a song along and which ones to leave out. Of course, he can play crazy notes and phrases and has the fastest eye-hand coordination I have ever seen, which makes him an amazing performer! He played lead guitar, bass, electric guitar and keys on my Nashville CD, Early. He regretted there was no bagpipe to try out! He is a thoughtful and kind guitar wizard who has enriched my life unbelievably."

“Peter Cooper, accomplished musician / producer and music writer for the Nashville Tennessean said, “Brandon Turner plays guitar with ease, tone and invention, whether trading bluegrass licks with Ricky Skaggs, dueling on searing electric guitar with Will Kimbrough or creating plaintive acoustic parts for songs featuring Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux McLean or Angela Easterling. Hailing from a region that has given us country-jazz master Hank Garland, blues great Pink Anderson and country-rock kingpin Toy Caldwell, Turner synthesizes his native influences into something unique, fresh and pleasing.”

“Brandon Turner is a master musician and a South Carolina treasure. Brandon is truly a gifted artist and he shares his talents with his community each year at our annual Indian Summer Festival. He also teaches our school age children about the history of folk music as it relates to our textile heritage. Brandon, with his gentle soft manner, engages children and adults into joining him in song. As you can tell, Brandon is a beloved member of our Pacolet Community.”

“Guitarist Bandon Turner played on the recording 'Beguiler' and joins Easterling for the Wilmington concert. Turner is an extremely versatile musician, moving easily between electric and acoustic or blues and bluegrass. Earlier this month at the Summer’s Last Blast & Blues Festival in Piedmont, S.C., he performed with harp man Freddie Vanderford and literally stunned the audience with his searing guitar licks.”

“I just waited until he had time to work with me and when I first started playing with him, just from the beginning, it really clicked. Brandon's got that taste level of knowing when not to play, but then when he does fire up a solo or something, it's so dynamic.”

"One day he's in Pacolet, and the next day he's trading licks with Ricky Skaggs in the studio — hot licks and not backing down a bit. He's a very gentle person, but he also is unabashed about stepping up and playing in the studio with people like Skaggs. Brandon is going to be an equal contributor in those situations".

“On a couple of occasions Brandon and the Colonel tore into complicated, lightning-fast numbers that left me savouring the humble taste of dust. Brandon then launched into a defiant reading of Bo Diddley's 'Before You Accuse Me'. After that he played snippets of blues by Rev Gary Davis and an influential but largely unknown performer from Spartanburg named Pink Anderson. He concluded his mini-recital by making his guitar cluck like a chicken.”

“Brandon was good 12 years ago, really good,” said Freddie Vanderford, who received the prestigious Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award last year in a Statehouse ceremony. “But he's 100 times better now, simply because he's more seasoned. “He's just a fantastic guitar player who has a great ear for everything. And he's a student of the game. He doesn't just go for what's out there right now; he goes way back. It's like he's a history major or something.”

“People think that I raised Brandon in the music business, but he raised me", said Fayssoux McLean, who sang harmony vocals on Emmylou Harris records before Turner was even born. “I met him when he was a senior in high school, and he already knew more than I'll ever hope to know about music.”

“He's got all the ingredients,” said legendary pedal steel guitarist Lloyd Green, who played with Turner a few years ago. “He's young, he's got a good mind, he's talented and he's got good musical chops. He can play with anybody.”

“Folks around these parts (South Carolina) know Brandon as the go-to-guy for flawless, tasteful, and on occasion when needed, appropriately blistering stunt guitar.”

“When I decided to do this, I told Peter Cooper that I was bringing Brandon Turner because he's the heavy artillery... I can't do anything without Brandon. He's just an incredible musician, and he's so intuitive.”

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